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Reuters Partners with The Globe and Mail’s Sophi.io Automation Platform

TORONTO, May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sophi.io, an AI-powered automation, optimization and prediction platform developed by The Globe and Mail, is now working with Reuters – the news and media division of Thomson Reuters – as it continues to invest in the latest AI solutions for its newsroom. Sophi is helping to automate content curation on select sections on Reuters.com, which was relaunched in April 2021.

Sophi Site Automation is an AI system that autonomously curates digital content to find and promote an organization’s most engaging content. Sophi looks at all content as it’s published, and all traffic, to find the hidden gems that an organization’s customers value the most.

In order to automate content curation, Sophi’s algorithm has been learning from Reuters editors. The newsroom has been able to work with some of the latest AI solutions, which has resulted in giving time back to editors to focus on finding the next story and creating the journalism that makes Reuters such a trusted brand.

Josh London, Head of Reuters Professional and Chief Marketing Officer of Reuters, said: “Sophi’s cutting-edge AI platform is one of the next steps in the evolution of our digital properties. Sophi will help us further our mission of bringing AI-based technology and tools to more corners of the workforce, whilst helping to bring our readers the stories they both want and need to know.”

Michael Young, Chief Technology Officer for Reuters, said: “Our partnership with Sophi.io is another example of how a newsroom like ours can successfully deploy some of the latest AI solutions for effective content discovery. Our team worked closely with the Sophi team to ensure our Sophi Score reflected our business goals and we are pleased with the resulting site automation.”

Mike O’Neill, Co-Founder and CEO of Sophi.io, added “We are delighted to have Reuters as a customer. They put their trust in Sophi and we are excited to automate curation across all of their article pages to start and expand the relationship to include more solutions down the road.”

“It’s wonderful to work with Reuters in this capacity,” said Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail. “They have a strong mission and Sophi.io is helping them continue to demonstrate how editorial integrity can be supported by AI.”

About Reuters
Reuters is the world’s leading provider of trusted news, insight and analysis, reaching billions of people worldwide every day. Founded in 1851, it brings together world-class journalism, industry expertise and cutting-edge technology with unparalleled speed, reliability and accuracy to enable people to make better decisions. Reuters is committed to the Trust Principles of independence, integrity and freedom from bias, and is the essential source of business, financial and world news delivered to financial professionals exclusively via Refinitiv services, and to the world’s media organizations, industry events and directly to consumers.

About Sophi.io
Sophi.io (https://www.sophi.io) was developed by The Globe and Mail to help content publishers make important strategic and tactical decisions. It is a suite of AI and ML-powered automation, optimization and prediction solutions that include Sophi Site Automation, Sophi for Paywalls and Sophi for First Party Data. Sophi also powers one-click automated laydown of template-free print publishing. Sophi is designed to improve the metrics that matter most to your business, such as subscriber retention and acquisition, engagement, recency, frequency and volume.

Contact us
Kayley Rogers
Communications Manager
Reuters
Kayley.rogers@thomsonreuters.com

Jamie Rubenovitch
Head of Marketing, Sophi.io
The Globe and Mail        
jrubenovitch@globeandmail.com
416-585-3355

Neeyamo Delighted to Be a Platinum Sponsor of the 40th Annual Payroll Congress

This year’s edition will be at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, from May 10-13, 2022.

CALIFORNIA, Md., May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neeyamo, a market leader in providing global payroll and EOR solutions, is elated to be the platinum sponsor in the American Payroll Association and Global Payroll Management Institute’s 40th Annual Payroll Congress. This year’s edition will be at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, from May 10-13, 2022.

The Annual Payroll Congress provides a world-class payroll education for professionals in payroll, tax, finance, global mobility, human resources, and benefits. It provides the latest industry updates and the opportunity to network with experts and government representatives and sheds light on crucial payroll challenges. It is the year’s premier payroll educational event with over 80 workshops designed to increase your understanding of payroll, including technology, benefits and compensation, professional development, and compliance and operations.

Neeyamo’s global payroll solution is a powerful blend of technology and service excellence providing its customer with an integrated payroll tech stack. Unlike conventional payroll solutions, Neeyamo’s payroll technology stack extends to support ancillary payroll processes that include Time, Absence, Compliance, Expense, and ServiceDesk, among several others. By creating a unified cloud-based solution, Neeyamo has managed to maximize automation and simplify the complexities of global payroll.

Samuel Isaac, Senior Vice President – Strategy at Neeyamo, said, “Neeyamo is honored to be the platinum sponsor of the 40th Annual Payroll Congress. Technology, without doubt, is the key driver that propels modern-day global payroll. Neeyamo’s proprietary payroll stack, Neeyamo Payroll (formerly PayNComp), has been pivotal to its success over the years. With an ability to service clients in 150+ countries and with its strong native presence, Neeyamo has been making its presence felt in the payroll industry. Featuring in the APA Congress Expo over the years has given us the distinct opportunity to interact with global payroll professionals who have been thronging the event that promises massive learning opportunities.”

If you’re looking to make the most of your visit to the Annual Payroll Congress and enhance your payroll knowledge, drop by at Neeyamo’s booth #551. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend scheduled demos that will help you understand how technology is revolutionizing the global payroll.

About Neeyamo

Neeyamo is a leading technology-enabled global payroll and EOR solutions provider for multinational and micro-multinational corporations worldwide. With an extensive team of professionals serving clients across 190+ countries, Neeyamo leverages its unique service-based model and functionality-rich, next-generation HR & payroll products portfolio to help organizations enable agile and scalable business. To know more, visit www.neeyamo.com.

Media Contact: corporate.communications@neeyamo.com

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Philips Annual General Meeting of Shareholders approves dividend and other proposals made to shareholders

May 10, 2022

Philips’ Supervisory Board takes note of the advisory vote on the 2021 Remuneration Report, will continue to engage with shareholders and consider the feedback received in its next remuneration report

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) announced that today’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (2022 AGM) has approved the company’s proposed dividend of EUR 0.85 per share over 2021, and appointed Mrs. Herna Verhagen and Mr. Sanjay Poonen and re-appointed Dr. Paul Stoffels and Dr. Marc Harrison as members of the Supervisory Board.

All other binding voting items, such as the re-appointment of Ernst & Young Accountants LLP as the company’s auditor, and a number of recurring items, such as the proposal to adopt the company’s financial statements, were also approved.

“I am pleased to welcome Herna Verhagen and Sanjay Poonen as new members of the Supervisory Board, and Paul Stoffels and Marc Harrison as continued members,” said Feike Sijbesma, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips. “Their combined expertise and counsel are very valuable for Philips. I would also like to thank Neelam Dhawan, who has now retired from the Supervisory Board, for her long-term counsel and support since 2012.”

Mr. Sijbesma continued: “We have also taken note of the advisory vote on the 2021 Remuneration Report. We take the feedback seriously and will continue the constructive dialogue and consultation with our shareholders.”

Further details about the dividend can be found via this link, and additional information on the composition of the Board of Management, the Executive Committee and the Supervisory Board can be found here.

Philips’ 2021 financial statements are included in its 2021 Annual Report that was published on February 22, 2022.

For more information about Philips’ 2022 AGM, please click on this link.

For further information, please contact:

Ben Zwirs
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +31 615213446
E-mail: ben.zwirs@philips.com

Derya Guzel
Philips Investor Relations
Tel.: +31 20 59 77055
E-mail: derya.guzel@philips.com

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2021 sales of EUR 17.2 billion and employs approximately 79,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

Taconic Biosciences Appoints Nomura Siam as Distributor in India for All Taconic Animal Models

Improves Access to Critical Rodent Models for Researchers in India

RENSSELAER, N.Y., May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing drug discovery animal model solutions, has appointed Nomura Siam International Co., Ltd (NSI), an established distributor of laboratory animals and related products, as its preferred distributor in India.

India makes a significant contribution to global pharmaceutical and vaccine production, and its pharmaceutical and biotechnology research and development is expected to grow over the next decade. To support this growth, scientists in India need advanced mouse and rat models for pharmacology studies and toxicology and drug safety assessment. Research across all therapeutic areas requires genetically engineered models (GEMs). Additionally, mice with humanized immune systems are critical for immuno-oncology and other applications.

Taconic’s portfolio comprises nearly 4,700 mouse and rat models, including widely used standard strains, immunodeficient models, and exclusive GEMs. Taconic is also a global leader in humanized immune system mouse generation. Taconic’s industry-leading quality systems, genetic integrity, and globally harmonized animal health standards promote research reproducibility while its flexible approach to licensing reduces barriers to accessing valuable GEMs.

Based in Thailand, NSI is known for its focus on quality and customer service. The company’s new agreement with Taconic significantly increases preclinical researchers’ access to GEMs in India and allows NSI to offer this market a full spectrum of solutions.

“To date, rodent model selection and availability has been somewhat limited in India. We believe this partnership will provide India’s growing pharmaceutical industry access to the most sophisticated and high-quality animal models available globally,” said Dr. Michael Seiler, vice president of commercial products at Taconic. “We truly believe this partnership will support Taconic’s desire to accelerate new life-saving therapeutics for the global community.”

“Taconic’s portfolio of sophisticated mouse models fills a major gap in the Indian market,” said Taiichiro Kamiya, president of NSI. “By our frequent information sharing, and the improvement of logistic process, we will provide faster and easier access to GEMs for Indian users.”

To learn more about Taconic’s full line of animal model solutions, please call 1-888-TACONIC (888-822-6642) in the US, +45 70 23 04 05 in Europe, or email info@taconic.com.

About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.

Taconic Biosciences is a fully licensed, global leader in genetically engineered rodent models and services. Founded in 1952, Taconic provides the best animal solutions so that customers can acquire, custom-generate, breed, precondition, test, and distribute valuable research models worldwide. Specialists in genetically engineered mouse and rat models, microbiome, immuno-oncology mouse models, and integrated model design and breeding services, Taconic operates service laboratories and breeding facilities in the US and Europe, maintains distributor relationships in Asia, and has global shipping capabilities to provide animal models almost anywhere in the world.

About Nomura Siam International Co. Ltd. (NSI)

Nomura Siam International Co. Ltd., based in Bangkok, Thailand, was jointly established in 2012 by CLEA Japan, Inc. and Nomura Jimusho, Inc. as a comprehensive provider for the laboratory animal field. As a one-stop service supplier, NSI not only sells laboratory animals but also handles a wide range of related products, including equipment for breeding, conducting experiments, and environmental enrichment, as well as consulting services for preclinical research and laboratory animal facility design.

Media Contact:

Aidan Bouchelle
Associate Director, Marketing Operations
518-949-7598
Aidan.Bouchelle@taconic.com

Globally Uniform Brand Strategy: New DQS Website Online

Ingo M. Rübenach

Ingo M. Rübenach

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DQS Group is online with its new website: The relaunch of the homepage is in line with the new, globally uniform brand strategy: under the claim “Simply leveraging Quality” DQS positions itself as an international thought leader that offers its customers meaningful added value and a seamless customer experience through audits and certifications of processes and management systems.

“In an increasingly complex and dynamic world, people and organizations find it increasingly difficult to obtain stability and a sense of purpose. As a certification body, we can help to create trust, security, and orientation,” explains Ingo M. Rübenach, Managing Director of DQS Holding GmbH. “In order to meet this responsibility, we decided to analyze our brand presence and adapt it to the requirements of a digital business world. The result is our new brand strategy, uniform across around 60 countries, which is reflected in the website for the first time, but will shape our actions for years to come.”

The DQS brand: Ambitious, competent, dynamic

In today’s agile and uncertain world, people and organizations are increasingly losing their clarity and orientation: highly professional, often state-sponsored actors are causing confusion online with targeted disinformation campaigns and deceptively genuine deep fakes. Even beyond digitization, more and more criminals are taking advantage of the increasing complexity to enrich themselves with fake products, fake news, or sophisticated social engineering.

Trust is the most valuable currency

In online and offline business, trust thus becomes a valuable currency, and a proven way to earn the trust of customers and partners is to have one’s processes audited and certified by reliable third parties. For this purpose, DQS positions itself as a competent and learned partner that understands its customers’ processes, contributes to their success with practicable impetus, and generates tangible added value on many levels with audits and certifications:

  •  Certificates provide a robust foundation for organizations to gain credibility and build trusting customer relationships – and, conversely, help customers and consumers to quickly and reliably evaluate suppliers, products, and services in a dynamic world.
  • Certificates are a prerequisite for successful market access in an increasing number of industries and segments, for example in the automotive industry or for manufacturers of medical devices.
  • Certifications are a valuable sign of quality and differentiation in the market. A proof of environmental management in accordance with ISO 14001 is a weighty argument for many customers in times of climate change, and rightly so.
  • Being open to new ideas, DQS enables organizations to improve their processes for the benefit of their customers and to set the course for simple, smooth certification and a high quality customer experience with innovative solutions.

A website for your knowledge advantage in more than 30 languages 

“From now on, we present ourselves on our homepage as a sustainable and modern brand that is known for quality in service as well as for innovation and intelligent approaches to digital solutions,” explains DQS manager Rübenach. “And also with a view to the rapidly advancing globalization of our business, the relaunch represents an important step forward for us: from now on, we will offer visitors all over the world the same broad range of information and the same high usability worldwide. This reinforces our claim to be a reliable partner for customers around the globe when it comes to continuously improving management systems and processes.”

Readers can find more information at www.dqsglobal.com.

Press contact:
Dr. Dieter Stadler
Corporate Marketing
DQS Holding GmbH
August-Schanz-Straße 21
60433 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49 69 95427-313
E-Mail: info@dqsglobal.com
www.dqsglobal.com

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“From now on, we present ourselves on our homepage as a sustainable and modern brand that is known for quality in service as well as for innovation and intelligent approaches to digital solutions,” explains DQS Manager Rübenach.

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GA-ASI Grows Mojave Line With New MQ-9B STOL Package

Adding Short-Takeoff & Landing Capability to Industry-Leading RPA Enhances Versatility

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SAN DIEGO, May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — To further extend the versatility of its MQ-9B line of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced today that it will begin developing a short takeoff and landing (STOL)-capable MQ-9B aircraft, which includes the SkyGuardian® and SeaGuardian® models. GA-ASI is taking on this revolutionary engineering effort to meet an evolving operational environment in contested expeditionary environments.

GA-ASI began STOL development in 2017 as part of its Mojave initiative. STOL capability was initially flown on a modified Gray Eagle Extended Range platform in 2021, but now the company will begin developing STOL on the MQ-9B, a platform already selected by the Royal Air Force, the Belgium Ministry of Defence, and the Japan Coast Guard. MQ-9B STOL will combine GA-ASI’s proven long-endurance, highly reliable UAS products with the versatility to execute missions in more austere locations, opening the operational envelope for commanders across all services and geographic locations.

The MQ-9B STOL configuration will consist of an optional wing and tail kit that can be installed in less than a day. The core aircraft and its sub-systems remain the same. Operators can perform the modification in a hangar or on a flight line, delivering a capability that otherwise would require the purchase of a whole new aircraft.

“Imagine taking the hardtop off your Jeep. You lift it off, stow it in your garage, and now you’ve got an open vehicle. If it rains, you put the hardtop back on. We’re the same. Take a standard MQ-9B, put the STOL kit on, and then go fly,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander.

MQ-9B STOL, which is part of GA-ASI’s Mojave series of unmanned aircraft, also presents an opportunity for future operations aboard an aircraft carrier or big-deck amphibious assault ship. The wings fold so that MQ-9B STOL could be parked on the deck or in the hangar bay, just like other naval aircraft. When it’s time to launch, operators will start the aircraft, unfold the wings, and take off over the bow without the need for catapults. GA-ASI believes the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps will take note of this innovation as it opens the door to persistent and long-range Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations over blue water.  

About GA-ASI

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com.

Avenger, Lynx, Predator, SeaGuardian, and SkyGuardian are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. 

CONTACT:
GA-ASI Media Relations
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
+1 (858) 524-8101
ASI-MediaRelations@ga-asi.com

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New Hygiene Essentials Solution Helps Companies to Reduce Industrial and Occupational Risks and Boost Compliance

Software designed by Industrial Hygiene experts uses industry best practices, rapid time-to-valueCority Software Logo

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TORONTO, May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — It’s estimated that over 2 million people globally lose their lives each year due to diseases linked to workplace exposure to harmful substances. While many organizations have industrial hygiene programs in place, shrinking hygiene budgets and the loss of hygiene experts are making the effort to effectively manage these exposures, and thereby reduce the risk of occupational illness, much more challenging. In response to the market need, leading global EHS (Environment, Health, and Safety) software provider, Cority, announced today the availability of its Hygiene Essentials solution, providing businesses an entry point to digitizing their industrial hygiene management program simply, affordably, and quickly.

Cority’s Hygiene Essentials packages industry best practices and proven workflows in a ready-to-use, rapid time-to-value solution that can scale with a customer’s growth and changing needs. The solution enables organizations to manage all quantitative and qualitative occupational exposure assessment data in one central place, in real-time, to clearly identify hazards, evaluate and manage risks, and develop an effective and comprehensive hygiene program to protect their workforce in the near and long term.

Industrial hygiene hazards are largely invisible and difficult to predict; their effects may not manifest for decades. Without reliable data that quantifies the risk – including the degree of exposure, the exposure duration, and the number of people exposed – organizations may not feel a sense of urgency to prioritize these sorts of potential issues over more seemingly immediate health and safety risks.

“Companies invest in solving problems they can see and measure. Lung disease from long-term chemical exposure or hearing loss related to high noise levels are much less tangible and immediate than a broken leg from a slip and fall accident,” said Sean Baldry, senior product marketing manager for Cority. “Cority provides organizations with the tools to act now and make informed decisions about where and how to invest in the health of their employees before the exposure becomes a bigger problem and their reputation as a responsible employer is negatively impacted.”

The Hygiene Essentials solution gives companies the ability to:

  • Automate monitoring plans to speed up performance tracking, transfer data to external labs, and compare results against exposure limits to determine compliance
  • Record and upload monitoring data from the field on any mobile device, reducing secondary administration and errors, helping to address issues early
  • Group employees based on user-defined criteria to streamline monitoring plans and extrapolate results to trigger associated surveillance activities
  • Track metrics and uncover key insights to help make data-driven decisions to manage hygiene risk

“Leveraging our internal team’s backgrounds in industrial hygiene and safety, as well as our experience configuring custom solutions for our customers, we build the wealth of that knowledge into the software,” said Laura Beeler, senior manager of EHS solutions for Cority who has previously served in a number of health and safety roles within global enterprises. “You don’t have to have an industrial hygienist on staff or know advanced statistics to be able to use the solution.”

The Cority teams’ level of demonstrated industrial and occupational hygiene expertise was a key factor in Dow Chemical Company’s selection of Cority to replace its outdated homegrown solution that was used for decades to manage employee risks.

“Some other solutions offered industrial hygiene packages, but they weren’t primarily focused on industrial hygiene,” said Jim Weldy, industrial hygiene manager for Dow. “The details matter. If a vendor doesn’t really understand how you’re trying to protect workers, the solution can miss the boat rather significantly.”

Hygiene Essentials is also part of CorityOneTM, the company’s integrated EHS SaaS-based platform, which provides a scalable and seamless path for future growth. The responsible business platform enables datasets to be combined from across the organization for realizing improved efficiencies, actionable insights, data-driven decisions, and more accurate reporting. Building on an organization’s industrial hygiene program, clients can easily unify all their EHS programs into a single comprehensive platform to uncover key insights and create a single, accurate, and holistic view of EHS performance.

Hygiene Essentials is the second Essentials solution released by Cority this year and the fifth in its product portfolio. Like all Cority’s Essentials packages, the solution is designed for rapid deployment, providing a starting point based on best practices and proven processes and focusing on foundational elements of an occupational hygiene program. The Essentials packages drive accelerated adoption and quick wins that organizations can build on for future expansion by offering faster time-to-value and lower total cost of ownership. Hygiene Essentials is a standardized version of Cority’s comprehensive Industrial Hygiene solution under the Cority Health Cloud.

Media Contact: Meredith Schweitzer +1-347-698-9196 mschweitzer@66and.co

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About Cority

Cority is the leading global enterprise Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) software provider creating industry-leading technology to empower those who transform the way the world works. For over 35 years, Cority has been powered by the spirit of innovation, deep domain expertise, and a commitment to integrity that enables higher levels of operational and sustainable performance with the most comprehensive, human-centered, and secure SaaS platform to help workers and businesses thrive in 100 countries around the world. The company enjoys the industry’s highest levels of client satisfaction and has received many awards for its strong employee culture and outstanding business performance. To learn more, visit www.cority.com.

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